In a newly released YouTube video, famed Photographer Annie Leibovitz discusses her recent photo shoot with Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair.
What will probably end up being the most remembered and important magazine cover from 2015, the first released images of Caitlyn Jenner, were both artistic and journalistic. After undergoing surgery, Caitlyn Jenner, for the first time, posed for the cover of Vanity Fair, which sparked a massive national conversation on gender, sexuality, and beauty, among other topics.
In the video, Leibovitz discusses how during the two-day shoot, Jenner went from silent to running the show in what she describes as an emergence almost symbiotic to her transformation. Leibovitz recalls trying to capture and understand what a woman is and what a woman looks like as a real centerpiece of the photo shoot. With Jenner breaking down stereotypes, Leibovitz wanted to capture Caitlyn for Caitlyn and show her true self for the first time to the world.
Regardless of how you feel about Caitlyn Jenner, Leibovitz had to navigate both journalism and beauty in her photographs. These images were a cornerstone of Jenner coming out and introducing herself to the world, while at the same time needing to be journalistic and editorial. What is telling, though, is how Leibovitz never mentions the technical side to the shoot, only how she needed to capture the essence of Jenner and who she was. As photographers, we can learn something from that; it's not about pixels and gear, but about capturing the true self of someone.
[via Vanity Fair]